The French main force try and deploy but come under Prussian artillery fire .
The Prussian gun hidden behind the wall opens fire with deadly accuracy .
The flanking force of Jaegers move out of the woods .
On the other flank the Prussian Infantry moves into Sawmill Village .
The Chasseurs De Pied deploy into skirmish order and attack the village .
The French artillery open fire on the village (the pile of pennies represent the amount of ammo the gun has).
The combined fire of the Chasseurs De Pied and the artillery drive the Prussians back and halt their advance .
The Chasseurs storm the village capturing it for the French ! Huzza !
However on the other flank the Zouaves suffer heavy casualties from the Jaegers and artillery .
They fail their moral test and flee back towards the ridge .
Even entreatments from the French General and Staff fail to halt them - disgraceful behaviour ! .
The French artillery try to halt the Prussian advance - but to no avail ! ( French gunnery was total rubbish - Napoleon must have been turning in his grave !)
The French misery is prolonged by the Chasseurs De Pied being driven out of the village by the fire of the Jaegers and line infantry , this means their flanking unit had to test morale - and failed ! and are seen fleeing in the bottom right of this photo .
The Prussians retake the village ! .
The battle was to last eight moves and all of the French Infantry failed to rally so victory went to the Prussians . A very poor showing by the French indeed . In fact some authorities think it was the inspiration of Emile Zola's novel 'Le Debacle' . An excellent game using some of my favourite figures and a set of rule I think very highly of .
P.S The Battle of Sawmill Village